V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation
of LS&A and some other college or school within the University.
Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because
many of these programs require specific courses for admission,
it is important for students to identify program interests early
in their undergraduate careers, and often at the freshman level.
Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter,
students should consult academic advisors associated with the
LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to
a professional school either after two years of liberal arts
studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half
of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of
study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic
Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Special Joint Degree Programs
Public Policy (Bachelor of Arts and Master of
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offers an accelerated
program in public policy for exceptional undergraduates at the
University of Michigan. The program enables students in political
science, or economics, or the B.G.S. degree program to complete both a bachelor's degree
and the two-year Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree in five
years of study. Candidates for this program are selected by the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy during the junior year.
In the senior year, students elect the full sequence of Public
Policy core courses, most of which simultaneously satisfy concentration
or cognate requirements for the bachelor's degree while counting
towards the M.P.P. degree. The A.B. or B.G.S. degree is awarded
at the end of the senior year, and the M.P.P. degree after one
additional year of study.
this accelerated program, students need to complete a minimum
100 LS&A credits in the 120 necessary for the undergraduate
degree. In calculating LS&A credits, LS&A will count
all elections that are listed in the LS&A Bulletin
and the Public Policy courses that are cross-listed with Economics
and Political Science.
eligibility requirements for the accelerated joint program include
completion of at least 100 credits toward the undergraduate degree
which must include one calculus (or higher level mathematics/statistics)
course. At least twenty-four of the 100 credits must be in economics
or political science, with no fewer than six credits in either
department. These credit requirements must be completed by the
time of the first enrollment in the Gerald R. Ford School of
Public Policy; courses may be taken in the Spring or Summer half-terms
if necessary. In addition, applicants for the accelerated program
must show an academic record that is demonstrably superior to
that of students entering on the regular track. This means that
the student record must meet or exceed the median scores for
the entering class: a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a Quantitative
Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 660.
information can be found under the departmental program statements
of Economics and Political Science in Chapter VI, or
by visiting the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 440
Lorch Hall. Interested undergraduates should begin consultation
in the sophomore year; application is made in the junior year.
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